It is Program Placement Proposal Time.
This is the time that comes each year when anyone can propose a program placement change. A proposal can be for the development of a new program, the replication of an existing program, or for the closure and/or relocation of an existing program anywhere in the district.
Here's how it works:
1. Use the form on the District web site to write up your proposal. The form can be found here. Anyone can submit a form - a member of the district staff, a principal, a teacher, or a member of the public.
2. Send in your form before the November 24 deadline. You can send it in via regular post or via email.
3. The Program Placement Committee will meet over the late fall and early winter. They will discuss the proposals (although there is no evidence to show that they actually discuss proposals from members of the public.)
4. The Program Placement Committee will offer the superintendent a list of the proposals and recommendations about whether she should approve or reject them. The committee has only ever recommended rejection of proposals from the public. Although the committee is supposed to offer a rationale for their recommendation, the rationale is often thin. They have frequently recommended rejecting proposals because "the committee does not recommend the proposal be adopted." Proposals are often rejected for rationale that is not supported by data. Proposals are often rejected for rationale that did not prove an impediment to other proposals being accepted. The entire process is political and corrupt.
5. The superintendent, in her sole discretion and without any potential for appeal, discussion or reversal, will unilaterally decide which program placement proposals to accept and which to reject. She might also stick in a few new ones of her own.
6. The new programs are announced prior to Open Enrollment.
Despite the pessimism expressed in this description, I have submitted a number of program placement proposals each of the past two years and I will submit program placement proposals again this year. I may not get them all done, so if you see one on my list that you like, you should submit a proposal for it as well. Don't rely on me to submit it.
Among the proposals I'm thinking of submitting:
Move north-end elementary APP to a north-end location.
Move the Washington Service Area Spectrum from Muir to Madrona K-8.
Make the Language Immersion programs into Option Programs for enrollment.
Make the Montessori programs into Option Programs for enrollment.
Re-purpose Roxhill as a K-5 Option School, perhaps duplicating the successful Thornton Creek model, perhaps as a Montessori.
Re-Open Fairmount Park K-5 in the Madison Service Area.
Put a language immersion program (that feeds to Denny) in the re-opened Fairmount Park.
Move the S.B.O.C. into the Van Asselt building.
Re-open Wilson-Pacific as an attendance area middle school. The programs now at Wilson-Pacific can move to Meany if the S.B.O.C. moves to Van Asselt.
Extend Van Asselt at the African American Academy into a K-8.
Move the Mercer Service Area Spectrum program from Hawthorne to Kimball.
Add an international program at Mercer middle school.
Add a language immersion program at Wing Luke (that feeds to Mercer).
Add a language immersion program at Sand Point (that feeds to Hamilton).
Duplicate the successful TOPS program somewhere, perhaps at Rainier View, Viewlands, Roxhill, or Van Asselt.
Duplicate the successful Salmon Bay program somewhere, perhaps at Pinehurst, Roxhill, or Van Asselt.
Duplicate the successful Thornton Creek program somewhere, perhaps at Viewlands, Roxhill or Van Asselt.
There's another one around where to add language immersion programs in the north. I'll have to go back through some old stuff to remind myself of it.